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    How to replace and descale a shower head

    Summary: Learn how to remove a shower head, fit a new shower head and descale a shower head.

    Replacing a showerhead

    • Turn off the water at the stop tap.
    • Turn on the shower to drain the supply pipes.
    • Remove the old shower head using slip-joint pliers if it is stiff.
    • Scrape away any putty or tape using a screwdriver.
    • If you are installing a shower with a handheld adaptor, fix the connector between the main head and the handheld shower head.
    • Wrap some PTFE tape around the pipe.
    • Attach the new head, ensuring you have added a washer.
    • Make a watertight seal around the joint with sealant.
    • Repeat this to connect the hose of the handheld adaptor.
    • Fix the adaptor to the wall or clip it to the main shower head, as instructed in the manufacturer's guidelines.

    Descaling a shower head

    A build up of limescale in the shower head can cause a noticeable reduction in the flow of water. This is simply remedied by descaling the shower head.

    • Unscrew the shower head from the hose.
    • Unscrew the spray plate from the front of the shower head.
    • Immerse the spray plate in a descaling solution for the length of time recommended by the solution's manufacturer.
    • Rinse the spray plate in cold water to remove the descaling solution and screw it back on to the shower head.
    • Turn on the shower to flush any limescale from the pipe.
    • Reconnect the shower head to the hose.

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    Tools Needed
    • Slip-joint pliers
    • Screwdriver
    Materials Needed
    • PTFE tape
    • Silicone sealant
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